Predictably the Labour Cabinet nodded through on Thursday the £25m Museum of Bristol project on the site of the Industrial Museum.
And just in case any of our elected representatives – not in the cabinet – might have wanted to ask a few much-needed questions about the project – like why it’s £5m overspent already and why there’s no coherent plan to fund the place into the future – the cabinet then went ahead and signed the building contract with developers HBG first thing Friday morning.
This has effectively deprived councillors of their only legal role in the council’s decision making process – the right to scrutinise decisions the cabinet has taken. It also means that a project is going ahead where costs have already inflated by 25% without proper explanation.
This is not looking good.